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Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest set to climb a notch higher

IANS  |  Thimphu 

Bhutans annual literary gathering, the Literary Festival, an like no other thanks to its magnificent backdrop, will return this August for its ninth edition, featuring a diverse set of speakers who will participate in sessions ranging from spirituality and philosophy to films and environmental conservation.

The festival is scheduled to take place here from August 23 to 25 and will celebrate 50 years of formal diplomatic relations between and Bhutan, as also pay a tribute to the rich cultural ties between the two nations.

"Mountain Echoes, the Literary Festival, is an exuberant celebration of cultural connectivities, resonating with the joys of books and cinema, the shared narratives of music and folklore , and sport, as well as deep spiritual perspectives, and the challenges of our changing world," said Namita Gokhale, founder and of

"This year, we also have a special and important focus honoring the strong ties between and in their 50th year of diplomatic relations," Gokhale, no herself, added.

Organised by Siyahi, a Jaipur-based literary agency headed by Mita Kapoor, the annual event is known for bringing together literary stalwarts from across the world in the lap of the Himalayas.

This year's edition will open with a discourse on the five-decade friendship between and Bhutan, where (Bhutan's to India) and (India's to Bhutan) will be in conversation with Dasho Chewang Rinzin (Deputy to Bhutanese Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck).

The literary extravaganza will be carried forward by names such as Andrew Quintman, a scholar of Buddhism in Tibet; authors and environmentalists and Dave Goulson; celebrated spoken Sarah Kay; renowned Usha Uthup; actors and theatre veterans and

The three-day festival will celebrate Untouched Beauty, Unexplored Ideas and Unstoppable Voices from the heart of the Himalayas, the organisers informed IANS.

"has become a key event in the Bhutanese calendar bringing both the curious and the intellectual minds together for three days of fun. The niche festival will spark the imagination of both local and global audiences through a diverse range of electrifying conversations," said eminent Bhutanese

"We cordially invite all not only to be part of the conversations but also experience the beauty and rich culture and history of In 2018, we are all set to take the notch higher with an exciting canvas for all attendees, who will get a glimpse into our varied cultural heritage through the numerous gatherings planned over the three days," she added.

Other prominent speakers attending the three-day festival include Nilanjana Roy, of "The Wildings", Kunzang Choden, Bhutan's to write an English novel; L. Somi Roy, the of "Binodini: A Photographic Memoir"; Chador Wangmo, of various illustrated children's books; and, among several others, Kezang Dorji, one of Bhutan's most loved rappers.

Each session will witness noteworthy names being a part of engaging discussions with the audience, thereby bringing together a range of expertise and perspectives on stage throughout the three days.

Adding to and legacy of the festival will be popular names such as Valmik Thapar, theatre personality Sanjana Kapoor, celebrated and Ritu Dalmia, celebrity of popular culinary books.



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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 13:48 IST